Events

  1. 2019 Monaro Region Aeronautical Velocity Challenge

    20 May @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm AEST
  2. Maria Kisich Public Speaking

    21 May @ 6:00 pm - 23 July @ 8:30 pm AEST
  3. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Kiandra Charity

    22 May @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am AEST
  4. HICES Cross Country

    23 May @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST

News

  • This just in! Two additional places available in the 2019 ESA program

    This just in!  We are delighted to announce that we have opened additional places for two student-athletes to join the 2019 SMGS Elite Snowsports Academy (ESA) this winter. If you are interested in applying, please submit your application by Monday, 27th May 2019.  Entering its fourth year, the SMGS ESA program will continue to deliver […]
  • Online ordering now available for SMGS Canteen

    Online ordering with Flexischools is now available for the SMGS Canteen! Head to the link below for more information and how to set up your Flexischools account! SMGS Canteen: Canteen  
  • We’re Hiring – Full and Part Time School Cleaners

    We are currently hiring for two positions: Full-Time School Cleaner https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/our-school/employment/positions/2019-school-cleaner-full-time/ Part-Time School Cleaner https://www.smgs.nsw.edu.au/our-school/employment/positions/2019-school-cleaner-part-time/
  • 2019 Open Day registrations now open

    Registrations are now open for the 2019 Snowy Mountains Grammar School Open Day.

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

Da Vinci Decathlon an exciting enrichment event for SMGS students

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Academic, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Senior School|

Last week SMGS’ Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 teams travelled to Canberra Grammar School to compete in the 2019 da Vinci Decathlon. The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and [...]

K/1 Mystery Reader Program – Week 2

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School|

Last week was week 2 of our K/1 Mystery Reader program! What is the Mystery Reader program? Each week, members of our school community will visit our K/1 students and read a book chosen [...]

Year 6 Virtual Debate team successful in second round

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School|

On Tuesday 14th May our Year 6 debating representatives won their second-round virtual debate against Newcastle Grammar School. The topic for debate was that the Australian flag should never be changed. Our team were given [...]